27.06.2016 A love that blos­somed on the stage, CE­CILIA DUNN and BREN­DAN MAC­DON­ALD’S win­ter wed­ding brought a touch of vin­tage glam­our and a dash of sparkle.

New Zealand Weddings - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­tog­ra­phy SEE­ING THE LIGHT

Bren­dan and I met at per­form­ing arts school. We toured the coun­try to­gether, me as a dancer and him as a gui­tarist, in­stantly bond­ing over our shared pas­sion for cre­ativ­ity and ad­ven­ture. One year on, Bren­dan pro­posed in front of Kitekite Falls, be­fore whisk­ing me away for lunch in the Sky Tower plus a spot of go-kart­ing, and watch­ing the sun­set from Mount Eden.

We wanted a church wed­ding and St Paul’s in Devon­port made it pos­si­ble to hold our cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion in one place. Its ex­posed beams, brick walls and sky­light arch­way made the ideal set­ting for our vin­tage theme.

As dec­o­ra­tion, we hung red cur­tains from the ceil­ing, ac­com­pa­nied by strings of glow­ing fes­toon lights. For ex­tra colour, Flow­ers of Franklin fash­ioned bou­quets of roses – my favourite flower – in shades of red and dusty pink with ra­nun­cu­lus and berries for added tex­ture.

Our win­ter wed­ding in­flu­enced our colour pal­ette of warm gold, bur­gundy and navy. My five brides­maids wore floor-length, sparkly

SOME­THING I LEARNED “A win­ter wed­ding gives you more choice in ven­dors, as they tend to have more avail­abil­ity. Hold it on a week­day and you may even get a dis­count.”

gold gowns from Mirabella Dresses, while I used the colours as in­spi­ra­tion for my makeup. I went for dark, smoky eyes with a deep bur­gundy lip. My hair was styled into an el­e­gant 1950s updo.

I’d dreamed of a sexy gown with a vin­tage feel but a mod­ern touch, and Anita from Vinka De­sign cre­ated ex­actly what I was af­ter. My dress had a sheer high neck and long sleeves adorned with flo­ral lace, and the skirt fanned out into lay­ers of sheer tulle fin­ished with del­i­cate pearl de­tail­ing down the spine and wrists.

Bren­dan wore a navy suit with a white shirt and black waist­coat from Hal­len­steins. A bur­gundy bow tie fin­ished his look, while his grooms­men were decked out in clas­sic black suits with white rose bou­ton­nières.

Our three-tiered choco­late and vanilla cake was cre­ated by my dear friend Ni­cole, ac­com­pa­nied by a candy bar stocked with M&Ms, mints and gummy treats.

We had tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties with the mu­sic dur­ing our re­cep­tion, so im­pro­vised with a gui­tar and one of our grooms­men, Alex. At the time we thought it was a disas­ter, but on re­flec­tion the live mu­sic made our cel­e­bra­tion of 120 guests much more in­ti­mate. In fact, it’s be­come one of my favourite mem­o­ries of the day.

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